Rooibos is pronounced “roy boss”, the Afrikaans word for red bush, because the color of the plant and the resulting tea is red in color.
Rooibos Red Tea does not come from the typical leafy tea plant such as camella sinensis that is the common source for green, white and black teas, so it is really not tea in the conventional sense of the word. The rooibos, or red bush plant, aspalathus linearis, has needle like leaves that give it a more course appearance.
Typically, about 1/2 to 1 tsp of Rooibos Red Tea should be added for every 8 oz cup of boiling water. The Rooibos Red Tea should steep a little longer than regular tea, 6-8 minutes. In many South African households Rooibos Red Tea is steeped all day. You can never use water too hot or steep too long. It just gets better and better.
The health benefits of Rooibos Red Tea are quite extraordinary, it is a concentrated source of antioxidants and flavonoids. Clinical studies have found it to have as much as 50 times more superoxide dismutase (SOD) than green tea. Rooibos Red Tea also has several other important antioxidants not found in other teas, such as nothofagin and aspalathin. Click here to read more....
Yes, Rooibos Red Tea is still grown organically as it has been for hundreds of years in the mountainous Cederberg region of South Africa. This area is known for its clean air, pure water and fertile soil.
The rooibos plant (aspalathus linearis) grows naturally without any caffeine so it does not need chemical processing to remove the caffeine as with other “decaffeinated” products.